Last night the Philadelphia Phillies traded veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In exchange the Phillies receive catcher A.J. Ellis and minor league pitching prospect Tommy Bergjans. Here's a look at Bergjans, the only prospect involved in the transaction.
Tommy Bergjans, RHP: The Dodgers drafted Bergjans in the eighth round in 2015 from Haverford College, a Division III school; he was excellent there with a 1.07 ERA in 87 innings with a 111/14 K/BB. He opened his career successfully with 12 starts in the Pioneer and Midwest Leagues, posting a combined 3.35 ERA with a 53/15 K/BB in 54 innings. Moved up to Rancho Cucamonga in the California League this year, he has an unattractive 4.98 ERA and a 3-13 record in 21 starts, but with an impressive 133/29 K/BB in 130 innings.
Bergjans is a 6-1, 190 pound right-hander born December 1st, 1992. Late last year Minor League Ball contributor John Moore filed this in-person report, noting an 88-91 MPH fastball, a decent curveball, and an inconsistent but promising change-up. Scouting reports from the Cal League are similar, though Baseball America's scouting report is less promising than Moore's, noting that Bergjan's secondary pitches "both presently grade below average and project as average at best from evaluators"